Sunset Circle – Celebrating Mountains – May 27
Join sacred nature guide Alyson Greene for an enchanting evening adventure in our Tucson Mountains, up at Gates Pass. We will honor and celebrate the wisdom of our Tucson Mountains through a magical evening of shamanic drum journeying and with the reading of mountain prayer poems. Click here to read more.
Announcing “Tucson Sacred Nature NOW” – flash mob ephemeral ceremonies!
Sacred Nature Retreats is very excited to announce our new project: Tucson Sacred Nature NOW. We will be following the Sonoran desert summer season with spontaneous ceremonies, circles, and celebrations! On the spot, we will be there for the first monsoon rain, high-flowing wash rivers (to call back Tucson’s historic river waters!), spadefoot toad emergence excitement, native cacti bloom bonanzas, and other wild and amazing seasonal nature phenomena.
“How do I get notified?” you ask. We will email Tucson nature NOW flash alerts, and soon we will have Twitter and text alerts available too. Sign up below and stay tuned! Click her to sign up for Tucson Sacred Nature NOW flash alerts.
BAT NIGHT adventure journey in Rillito Wash – Fri., June 14
Join us for a mysterious evening adventure. Our sunset journey will be guided by Tucson’s famous shamanic flyers of the night–our own Rillito River bats. Each evening at dusk, all summer long, thousands of bats swoop and swirl out from their daytime roost (under the Campbell bridge) and into the night. Watching this evening ritual is an awe-inspiring event in itself . . . but tonight we will do more than bear witness; we will journey with them ourselves!
In various tribal, shamanic cultures, Bat is a symbol of rebirth. Often bat accompanies those undergoing great change, transformation, or ego death (release of old habits, old identities, old ways of being). At this potent time in history, what inside of you is being let go . . . Or being reborn? Bat is a fabulous ally in such times. Click here to read more.
Autumn Sacred Nature Retreat in the Wild - stay tuned
We are looking forward to our upcoming Autumn Sacred Nature Retreat, however details have yet to be revealed. Mystery!
Our April Sacred Nature Retreat along the San Pedro River was inspiring and very beautiful. We sat in circle by the river, journeyed with the evening sky by campfire, and explored larger topics of earth and goodness and ethics in our world. We made deep intentions and prayers for the San Pedro River lands, immersed ourselves in the river and the natural history of our place, and we met Rattlesnake and Gila Monster, as well as other reptiles living in the Snake House. We got to touch–and even hold–these shamanic animals, and then we journeyed to Snake with the shamanic drum journey. Powerful. For me (Alyson) personally, I felt the strong call to merge ceremony and earth-protection activism in this work. I feel an autumn retreat coming, but details have yet to be revealed. Stay tuned! Click here to see photos of our recent retreat.
Nature Notes from Alyson Greene, Director of Sacred Nature Retreats
Early summer is upon us. Gorgeous white saguaro blossoms are blooming, and there is an inviting softness to our evenings now. At our recent Institute for the Shamanic Arts full moon labyrinth walk (which I co-host each month), we celebrated the wild waters. Many of us dressed in sparkly blue to welcome in the monsoon season, which will be coming very soon. Some of us even wore fish hats on our heads (see photo ), ha! There is a potent feeling now in the air that many things are possible now, including seasonal/personal/planetary transformation and–yes, playfulness and joy too!
I am looking forward to sharing in many nature-based delights, seasonal changes, and magical possibilities of this summer through Sacred Nature Retreat’s Tucson Sacred Nature NOW flash mob ephemeral ceremonies! I am especially excited for our first rain of the season!! I invite you to join Sacred Nature Retreats as we discover the enchantment of this season together.